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Mel B Must Pay Her Ex $40k/Month ... For Now

7/14/2017 12:24 PM PDT

Mel B's bank account is gonna take a painful hit -- at least for now -- because she's been ordered to pay her estranged husband $40,000 a month.

Stephen Belafonte's request for emergency spousal support was granted by a judge who agrees ... he needs help paying for food, housing and his phone, among other things. It could have been worse for Mel. According to docs, she could have been forced to pay $15k more per month -- based on income and expenses -- but the judge cut her a break.

The order also includes a one-time payment of $140,000 for Stephen's legal fees. So, Mel will have to cut a check for that, plus $40k monthly, until both sides work out their final divorce settlement.

As we reported ... Mel argued last month that Stephen's financial requests were ridiculous and he needed to get a job. Looks like he can afford to be picky about work ... for a while at least.

Jennifer Garner Girls' Night Out With Chelsea Handler

7/13/2017 6:46 AM PDT

Jennifer Garner is following Ben Affleck's lead, parading around town with another woman, although it's just her longtime pal, Chelsea Handler.

The gals did dinner Wednesday night at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica ... one of Ben's favorite restaurants.

There could've been an awkward run-in -- they both live nearby. He was there a few days ago with new gf, 'SNL' producer Lindsay Shookus.

Handler's known as a loyal pal, so doubt Ben would sweat that.

Fair to mention ... Ben and Jen are getting along very well, so it seems they're fine with the situation, so we should be too.

Jeremy Meeks Beats Wife to the Punch Files for Separation

7/11/2017 1:19 PM PDT

2:55 PM PT -- According to separation docs, obtained by TMZ, Jeremy wants joint physical and legal custody of their son.

Perhaps most interesting -- to Melissa -- is the fact Jeremy lists their date of separation as June 24 ... 4 days before his yacht makeout sesh with Chloe.Jeremy Meeks -- aka the Hot Felon -- is looking to fly solo ... he filed docs to separate from his wife of 8 years days after she said she was going to file for divorce.

According to new docs filed on Monday ... the convict-turned-model is seeking legal separation from Melissa Meeks. The couple has a child together, 7-year-old Jeremy Jr., and she has another son from a previous relationship.

Meeks' wife recently said she was going to file for divorce from Jeremy after photos surfaced last month of him kissing Topshop heiress, Chloe Green, on a yacht in Turkey. Melissa says she was shocked, because she believed him that the trip was all work.

The point of filing for legal separation ... from this point forward all assets will be separate.

Not like we didn't see this coming.

Phaedra Parks & Apollo Nida Strike Divorce Settlement He Gets Phone Calls with Kids

7/11/2017 1:22 PM PDT

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida's long, drawn-out divorce case is finally over ... they've reached a settlement that includes a parenting plan.

You'll recall the huge hang-ups were spousal support and how they'd split property. She was adamant they had an ironclad prenup but he wanted the judge to toss it out. The agreement is confidential so it's unclear who got what.

They also struck a custody agreement -- they'll share joint legal custody and Phaedra will have primary physical custody. Makes sense -- Apollo's serving prison time for money fraud.

As part of the custody arrangement, Apollo gets weekly phone calls with their 2 kids.

Jesse Williams Lashes Out Over Divorce Stories On Jay-Z's '4:44' Release

7/11/2017 6:12 AM PDT

Jesse Williams had harsh words for people who harshly judged him over his divorce ... and he did it on a Jay-Z video.

Jesse had 25 seconds on Jay-Z's 11-minute newest release, "Footnotes from 4:44" ... talking about the ongoing divorce and custody dispute with estranged wife, Aryn Drake-Lee.

Jesse says ... "I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden mother f****** are writing think pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship -- like the most painful experience I've had in my life like with a person I've loved with all my heart -- that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute."

Stories had surfaced about Minka Kelly, with whom he was shooting a video game, and this is his first response to that.

Ben Affleck & Lindsay Shookus I'm Totally Juiced on New GF

7/10/2017 3:41 PM PDT

Ben Affleck's looking more and more like he's locking in 'SNL' producer Lindsay Shookus as his new gf ... 'cause they had a coffee/juice date Monday morning.

Ben and Lindsay grabbed Starbucks in Brentwood after apparently spending the weekend together. They reportedly had a dinner date Thursday night at Giorgio Baldi ... one of Ben's fave spots.

We broke the story ... Ben and Jen Garner officially filed for divorce earlier this year. We were told they were already seeing other people.

Moving on, indeed.

Ricki Lake Returns to Ibiza ... To Spread Ex-Husband's Ashes

7/10/2017 1:31 PM PDT
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Ricki Lake plans to honor the memory of her late ex-husband, Christian Evans, by spreading his ashes at the same place they got engaged.

Ricki posted a pic Friday of herself near a beach in Ibiza, with the caption ... "Es Vedra and me. #magical #Ibiza. Bringing my beloved home. #christianevans #loveiseternal." 

Sources close to the former talk show host tell TMZ she's there to spread Christian's ashes because that's where he popped the question to her, and it's a place they visited often as a couple.

We're told Christian introduced Ricki to Ibiza years ago, and they went there every summer since. They were still very much in love, despite getting divorced in 2014.

As we reported ... Ricki announced her ex-husband's death earlier this year, saying he succumbed to his mental illness -- bipolar disorder. It was later discovered he committed suicide.

Joanna Krupa Files for Divorce

7/10/2017 10:18 AM PDT

Joanna Krupa has filed for divorce from husband Romain Zago ... TMZ has learned.

Joanna filed legal docs claiming the marriage is "irretrievably broken." It's clearly not going to be contentious ... according to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the couple hashed out who gets what in a Marital Settlement Agreement dated today, July 10, 2017.

Both Joanna and Romain have agreed not to seek spousal support against the other.

Based on the docs, even though Joanna is the petitioner, it looks like she and Romain jointly filed for divorce.

The couple married in 2013 and have no kids.

We're told it was "extremely amicable" and they remain friends.

Poison Drummer Rikki Rockett Divorce is Final Touring Will Become More Expensive

7/6/2017 12:20 AM PDT

Rikki Rockett's divorce is officially over ... and it seems everyone is finally satisfied. 

The Poison drummer and his ex, Melanie, will share joint custody of their 2 kids -- 7-year-old Jude and 4-year-old Lucy. Rikki will pay $2,000 a month in child support until the kids turn 18 ... and he'll also cover their club activities -- karate, tennis, swimming, etc. Melanie gets $1,000 per month in spousal support for 3 years.

Everything pretty much went according to their prenup, with one twist -- if Rikki's on a "full scale" tour with Poison ... his child and spousal support payments double in those months.

Rikki also has to pay off a Dodge Charger for Melanie and fork over $45k from the sale of one of their properties.

Jesse Williams Fighting Estranged Wife Over Custody

7/5/2017 1:33 PM PDT
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Jesse Williams' hopes for an amicable divorce just went down the toilet ... he's now in a nasty custody fight with his estranged wife.

The "Grey's Anatomy" star filed docs saying he went above and beyond to informally handle custody issues with Aryn Drake-Lee. Jesse filed for divorce back in April and we were told things were civil. But Jesse says it's now turned into a legal war.

In docs obtained by TMZ, Jesse's asking to get more time with 3-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Maceo, claiming Aryn only lets him see them shy of 3 hours a day and she refuses to allow sleepovers.

Jesse says he rented a home less than 3 miles from Aryn's home so he could be close to the kids. To prove he's a hands-on dad, Jesse listed their nicknames and their favorite food -- mac & cheese for "Sadie Munchkin" and "anything we put in front of 'Mace.'"

Still ... Jesse says Aryn's made things impossible so he's asking the judge to step in and issue a formal custody agreement.

Ben Affleck One Thing's for Sure ... I'm Not Blue!!!

7/5/2017 6:54 AM PDT

Ben Affleck did his best to blend in with the crowd during a 4th of July parade, but it didn't work ... at all.

Ben walked with his two of his kids, Sam and Seraphina, in the Pacific Palisades parade ... looks like he didn't get the blue shirt memo.

Ben's ex, Jennifer Garner, was there watching from the sideline with daughter Violet. The parade has been a family tradition for years and looks like it's gonna stay that way. 

It's been 2 years since the two split but they've been doing the co-parenting thing, recently taking a family trip to the Bahamas. 

Janet Jackson's Estranged Hubby Raising a Kid Is Like a Walk in the Park

7/5/2017 6:38 AM PDT

Janet Jackson's estranged husband looks like he has a go-to spot to hang with their baby boy, and he knows just where to park it.

Wissam Al Mana was holding baby Eissa Monday in London on a park bench -- one he appears to frequent with his kid.

As we reported ... Janet and Wissam split back in April and are in the throes of a divorce. Their son was born just a few months before the separation. 

You'd never know from looking at the pic ... Wissam's a billionaire. 

Dixie Chicks Natalie Pasdar Files for Divorce

7/3/2017 1:25 PM PDT

Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Pasdar has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned.

Natalie cites irreconcilable differences in her petition to end her marriage with Adrian Pasdar. The couple has two boys, ages 16 and 12, and she's asking for joint custody. 

Natalie and Adrian, an actor who starred in "Heroes," married back in 2000.

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ the split is amicable.

It's ironic ... just last year a feature article appeared on a country music news site calling the couple one of "Country's Greatest Love Stories."

Natalie's rep tells TMZ it's a private family matter and they will not comment.

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